The three commemorative coins that celebrate The American Legion’s centennial and legacy – a $5 gold piece, a silver dollar and a clad half-dollar – are on sale as of noon Eastern on March 14.
The coins can be purchased by visiting www.legion.org/coin.
The U.S. Mint will issue 50,000 of the gold coins, 400,000 of the silver dollars and 750,000 of the half-dollars.
The gold pieces feature on the heads side the Eiffel Tower, a V for victory in World War I, the engraved word LIBERTY and the years 1919 – 2019 encircled by the outer ring of an American Legion emblem, recognizing the organization’s founding in Paris after the armistice that ended the Great War. On the tails side of the $5 coin, a soaring bald eagle is depicted, along with a sculpted American Legion emblem.
The silver dollar shows on the heads side the Legion emblem surrounded by oak leaves and a lily, commemorating the Legion’s founding in Paris. The reverse side has crossed U.S. and American Legion flags under a fleur-de-lis and the dates 1919 and 2019 and the inscription 100 YEARS OF SERVICE.
The half-dollar has on its heads side two children, one of whom is wearing her dad’s Legion cap, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The reverse continues the pledge with … OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with a billowing U.S. flag and Legion emblem above the inscription.
Proceeds from coin sales will benefit American Legion programs that assist veterans, servicemembers and their families.